The last couple of time I played Poker, my brother brought over these “plastic” playing cards. I had never used these before. I had always used the traditional Bicycle playing cards, and they had always worked out just fine. It had always been acceptable to throw the cards away after they get worn out (several hours of play) and just break open a new pack.
The plastic cards are just that. Plastic. They never wear out, fade, crumble, crease, etc. The look like regular cards. They cost a little more, but you can get them on sale on Ebay or Amazon’s Poker Supplies.
If I am on your gift list in the future, this wold be a great gift idea for me!